Tasting in Valladolid, Spain April 1, 2016

The suitcases came rolling out, plopping onto the baggage carrousel, disheveled, having just barely survived a trip across the Atlantic, some obviously more manhandled than others. Sad, but necessary, reminders of coach travel.

Of all the times I’d crossed the Pond, I had never lost a piece of luggage to Lost Luggage purgatory. I had a sneaking suspicion that this time I would not be so lucky. My connecting flight from Amsterdam to Madrid had me running through Schiphol and I just knew that the baggage crew could not have as much hustle as I did.

I was right.

As the kind man at the KLM desk handed me a complimentary overnight case from the airliner, I explained that I was not missing my toothbrush, but a case of wine I had hand picked for a tasting later that day in another Spanish town. “Compliments of KLM!” he reassured me. “We deliver your package later. How many zippers?!” “-No, no zippers, it is a box with wine and I need it for an event in Valladolid in a few hours,” I tried to clarify. He jotted down my hotel address in Madrid and he actually air high-fived me and yelled out ‘No zippers!’ as I slinked away. He said the box would be delivered on the next flight from Amsterdam via the airliner’s concierge service directly at my hotel. I thought that was pretty first-class service for a girl who had just flown economy. He must have been confused.

He was.

The package did not arrive at said time, zippers or no zippers. I went back to the aiport. It did arrive on the next flight. I grabbed that box, inspected the contents and ran out to get my ride to Valladolid. My tasting was delayed by over two hours, starting at close to 11 p.m. on Friday, April 1, but I thought ‘well, in Spain things start late’. My host and the attendees were very gracious and understood my plight as I tore off the TSA inspection stickers. I had carefully selected the wines I wanted to bring to my winemaker friends in Spain. Check out the list below:

Argyle 2011 Knudsen Vineyard Brut Artisan Series

Argyle 2011 Brut Rose Artisan Series

Argyle 2013 Nuthouse Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills

Adelsheim 2013 Ribbon Springs Pinot Noir

Bergstrom 2013 Old Stones Oregon Chardonnay Willamette Valley AVA

The Eyrie Vineyards 2013 Oregon Pinot Noir

The Eyrie Vineyards 2014 Oregon Pinot Gris Dundee Hills

Adelsheim 2013 Calkins Lane Pinot Noir

Adelsheim 2014 Caitlin’s Reserve Chardonnay

Ayres 2014 Lewis Rogers Lane Ribbon Ridge Estate Pinot Noir

Ayres 2014 Oregon Red Wine

They were somewhat shocked by the price of the bottles, but the favorites seemed to be the Adelsheim Calkin’s Lane and the Argyle Nuthouse. Oregon Pinot is much lighter in body than the wines that the attendees were used to in Spain. Tempranillo is medium to full bodied. I think KLM did well to further a small group of Spaniard’s appreciation for Oregon pinot noir, pinor gris and sparkling wine. I hope to bring a bigger selection for distribution in the future.

Thank you to Julio and Majuelos Singulares for your patience and in helping organize the event. I look forward to a larger venue next time to accommodate those who were not able to attend. ¡Muchísimas gracias!

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A partial line-up and the damage done

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Enjoying a single vineyard Adelsheim Vineyards

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Group shot of tasting in Valladolid, Spain